Weekend editions of The Bangkok Post and The Nation will have listings of international sporting events like tennis matches, football, martial arts or golf. Tickets can be purchased online at ticket websites such as http://www.thaiticketmajor.com.
Local sporting events rarely need tickets. They are held at parks throughout the city on weekends, but are not advertised widely. Muay Thai (Thai boxing) matches are often held at Lumpini Stadium and tickets can be bought from the stadium for any match held here.
Bangkok has a lot going on in sports, but you have to know where to look to find it.
Below is a list of current and recurring sporting events:
Thai Premier League Football:
The Thai Premier League consists of 14 teams, with 8 based around Bangkok. The league has come a long way since its humble beginnings and the quality of play is ever improving. Fans of football will probably be a bit disappointed with the local leagues if compared to the big leagues in Europe, but it is still worth going to a game. Thailand and the Thai’s are absolutely football crazy, but that has not related into success on the local level.
For more info on schedule check out: http://www.thaipremierleague.co.th
Thailand is occasionally host to major golf tournaments and a number of regional tourneys including the Asian Tour (http://www.asiantour.com/tournaments/).
The major tennis event of the year is the PTT Thailand Open (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Tournaments/Bangkok.aspx) held annually. Previous winners include Roger Federer and James Blake.
The Thai version of boxing – Muay Thai – frequently overshadows Thailand’s impressive Western boxing scene. Thailand has many exceptional boxers that bout with other international and South East Asian boxers frequently. The best way to learn about which matches are happening when is to get a hand on the Muay Loke magazine sold everywhere.
Thailand’s premier basketball team – the Thailand Tigers – is part of the ASEAN basketball league (http://www.aseanbasketballleague.com/). The Tigers play near the National Stadium BTS station.
Lumpini Stadium (http://www.muaythailumpini.com):
Fights every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday. Open from 18.30 on Tuesdays and from 20.30 on Saturdays. Prices are 500, 1000, 1500 for Third, Second and First class (Ringside).
Tel: 02 252 8765 / 02 251 4303
Fights every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. Open from 18.30. Prices are 500, 1000, 1500 for Third, Second and First Class (Ringside).
Tel: 02 281 4205 / 02 280 1684.
Horse races takes place at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club (http://www.rbsc.org ) on Sundays from 12.30 to 18.30.
1 Henri Dunant Street, Pathumwan.
Tel: 02 652 5000